To unlock the common zebra in challenge or campaign games, you must earn a 1-1/2-star zoo fame rating for your zoo.
The zebra is a member of the horse family with an eye-catching coat of black and white stripes. Zebras are found only in Africa, but their remarkable markings make them among the most familiar mammals in the world. There are three species of zebras, each with a distinctive stripe pattern: Grevy's zebra, the mountain zebra, and the plains zebra (also known as Burchell's zebra).
Zebras are members of the family Equidae, which also includes horses and asses. The earliest known ancestor of the animals in this family was a small animal called Hyracotherium, or more commonly, Eohippus, which lived 60 million years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch. Animals known to be the direct ancestors of the modern horse, ass, and zebra appeared in Europe, Africa, and Asia about 4 million years ago during the Pliocene Epoch.
Like other members of the horse family, zebras are primarily grazing animals, feeding on coarse grass. Zebras face many predators, particularly lions and hyenas, but over the last 200 years humans have posed a greater threat to their survival. The quagga, a zebra with stripes on its head and neck, but often none on its sides and hindquarters, lived in southern Africa until the 1870s, when it was hunted to extinction. Today, both Grevy's zebra and the mountain zebra are endangered by hunting and habitat loss.
Zebras may be able to recognize other zebras by the pattern of stripes on their bodies.
Although they are less cooperative than horses, zebras can be tamed and trained to pull carriages, but they are very difficult to ride.
Zebras signal to each other with body language and sounds in the same way that domesticated horses do. Lowered ears, for example, show that a zebra is likely to kick, while a snort shows that it is alarmed.
During the course of a day, a zebra herd may wander 12 miles (20 km) or more in search of food, usually returning to the same resting place each evening.
Zoo Tycoon's scientists and breeding experts have been attempting a process of breeding back the quagga from extinction.